Self-Defense Glossary

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If you decide to enter the police force or military, you’ll need to learn self-defense. If you are worried about your personal safety, self-defense classes could help. Here is a glossary to help you talk and write about the concepts of self-defense in English.

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Creator:Bill Valentine, Self Defense Coach and Instructor [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Glossary

block
Hinder or stop the movement or action of (an opponent, a ball, etc.).
concentration
The action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort.
danger
The possibility of suffering harm or injury.
danger sign
An indication that a bad or dangerous situation is likely to develop.
enemy
A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
feint
A deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement, esp. in boxing or fencing.
fighting
The action of fighting; violence or conflict.
force
Strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement.
guard position
The guard is a ground grappling position where one combatant has their back to the ground, while attempting to control the other combatant using the legs.
hit
Bring one’s hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully.
hurt
Cause physical pain or injury to someone.
judgement
The ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
martial art
Various sports or skills, mainly of Japanese origin, that originated as forms of self-defense or attack, such as judo, karate, and kendo.
mind
The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.
move
Go in a specified direction or manner; change position.
muscular endurance
Endurance is the ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue. In humans, it is usually used in aerobic or anaerobic exercise.
observation
The action or process of observing something or someone carefully or in order to gain information.
precision
The quality, condition, or fact of being exact and accurate.
self-defense
The defense of one’s person or interests, esp. through the use of physical force, which is permitted in certain cases as an answer to a charge of violent crime.
sidestep
A step taken sideways, typically to avoid someone or something.
speed
The rate at which someone or something is able to move.
suppleness
The gracefulness of a person or animal that is flexible and supple.
technique
A skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.
unbalance
Make (someone or something) unsteady so that they tip or fall.
weak spot
A place of special vulnerability.
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